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Leftwich's status still uncertain

FLOWERY BRANCH - Atlanta Falcons coach Bobby Petrino still doesn't know if Byron Leftwich or Joey Harrington will start at quarterback against Tampa Bay.

Leftwich and Harrington split the number of practice snaps taken by the No. 1 offense Thursday.

November 19, 2007 | The Associated Press | Atlanta Falcons

Falcons go with Leftwich after winning two straight with Harrington

FLOWERY BRANCH - Even though Joey Harrington led Atlanta to two straight victories, Byron Leftwich remains the No. 1 quarterback for the Falcons.

Coach Bobby Petrino made it clear Wednesday that Leftwich will reclaim the starting spot as soon as he's healthy - a stand that caught Harrington off guard.

November 18, 2007 | The Associated Press | Atlanta Falcons

Back-to-back wins put Falcons back in NFC South race

FLOWERY BRANCH - Through seven games, it appeared the Atlanta Falcons were bound for one of the worst seasons in franchise history, and loud complaints were coming from players and fans.

November 17, 2007 | The Associated Press | Atlanta Falcons

Crumpler's late TD lifts Falcons to ugly win

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Joey Harrington was briefly knocked out of the game, completed a pass to himself and was face down on the winning score. Vinny Testaverde limped around, unable to will his soon-to-be 44-year-old body to a touchdown drive.

In an ugly day of football in the weak NFC South, Harrington's will to stay in the pocket was the difference.

November 16, 2007 | The Associated Press | Atlanta Falcons

Panthers look for rare home win

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Mike Rucker's alarm will go off at 7 a.m. today. An hour later, the Carolina Panthers' defensive end will eat some spaghetti with chicken. He'll then drive to the stadium and arrive exactly three hours before kickoff.

Convinced that consistency is important, Rucker's gameday schedule hasn't changed for years. Everything is timed to the minute, from when he puts on his pads to his pregame workout.

November 14, 2007 | The Associated Press | Atlanta Falcons

Falcons notebook: Norwood's status uncertain

FLOWERY BRANCH - Jerious Norwood practiced Friday for the first time this week, but the Atlanta Falcons are unsure if the second-year running back will play at Carolina.

November 14, 2007 | | Atlanta Falcons

Falcons' Boley focuses on son

FLOWERY BRANCH - Michael Boley has bigger concerns than his next contract.

As one of the NFL's best young linebackers in his third year with the Atlanta Falcons, Boley seems destined for a lucrative deal.

November 14, 2007 | The Associated Press | Atlanta Falcons

Dunn moves closer to 10,000 yards

FLOWERY BRANCH - Before breaking out with his first 100-yard rushing game in more than a year last week, Warrick Dunn appeared on the verge of yielding first-string honors in Atlanta to Jerious Norwood.

Instead, Dunn solidified his starting status with 27 carries for 100 yards in a win over San Francisco. He also moved closer to 10,000 yards for his career. Dunn didn't have to be reminded Wednesday of his career total.

November 11, 2007 | The Associated Press | Atlanta Falcons

Babineaux cleared of animal cruelty charges

FLOWERY BRANCH - Jonathan Babineaux expressed relief on Wednesday after he was cleared of a felony animal cruelty charge that could have sent the Atlanta Falcons' defensive tackle to prison.

"I'm just happy the whole situation is over with," Babineaux said. "It's been a long process. I've been waiting it out and it's finally over."

November 11, 2007 | The Associated Press | Atlanta Falcons

Falcons happy to have first NFC win behind them

FLOWERY BRANCH - Coach Bobby Petrino cracked a slight grin when asked about the Atlanta Falcons' first NFC victory.

November 10, 2007 | The Associated Press | Atlanta Falcons

Falcons show a pulse

ATLANTA - Vernon Davis hauled in the hurried pass from Alex Smith and saw nothing but end zone. Chris Crocker didn't give up, though, and his shoestring tackle wound up saving a rare win for the Atlanta Falcons.

November 09, 2007 | The Associated Press | Atlanta Falcons

Anderson seeking first sack

FLOWERY BRANCH - So much is right in Jamaal Anderson's life as a professional football player.

November 07, 2007 | The Associated Press | Atlanta Falcons

Falcons game to be blacked out


FLOWERY BRANCH The Atlanta Falcons today announced that tickets remain for Sunday's game against the San Francisco 49ers and accordingly, the game will be blacked out locally in Atlanta.

November 05, 2007 | | Atlanta Falcons

Can Hall maintain boycott of media?

FLOWERY BRANCH - DeAngelo Hall made it through Day 1 of his media blackout.

"I ain't doing nothing the rest of the season," the Atlanta Falcons cornerback said Wednesday when approached by a reporter. "I'm done talking."

November 04, 2007 | The Associated Press | Atlanta Falcons

Petrino's first year not going smoothly

FLOWERY BRANCH - On that giddy day nine months ago, which now seems more like nine years, Bobby Petrino bragged he was getting one of the best coaching jobs in the NFL.

At the time, it didn't sound so far-fetched.

November 01, 2007 | The Associated Press | Atlanta Falcons

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